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The Memorial Stuppa at the Killing Fields

Inside are 8,000 skulls

the skulls were catalogued and organized by gender and age


Along the paths there were still pieces of bone and teeth that...

Larger pieces of bones that keep resurfacing are placed here

The Magic Tree - it had a loud speaker to play stuff...

At the mass graves, the people would be killed on the banks...

The tree at which children were smashed against to kill them

a dried part of a palm leaf that is sharp and used...

This says it all

S21 use to be a high school and has not been changed...

rules set for the prisoners

barb wire so prisoners would not escape

When the Khmer Rouge fled in 1979 from the Vietnamese, 14 bodies...

The bodies were buried on site

The bodies were found in rooms like this, chained to the bed

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Photos of the dead line so many rooms.

Barb wire was used to stop prisoners from committing suicide by jumping


classrooms were converted into many very small cells where prisoners were chained...


One of only 2 living survivors of this prison

What I am about to write and show with photos is disturbing, but as the Cambodians say the story must be told so future generations will learn.

The road to the Killing Fields was quite rough since it is under construction. It is found just outside of Phnom Penh. Choeung Ek, its other name was the main Khmer Rouge extermination camp for Phnom Penh. It contains 129 mass graves. Of these, 86 have been exhumed, revealing the remains of 8,985 people; many bludgeoned or stabbed to death to avoid wasting bullets. Bone fragments are scattered in the pits and over 8,000 skulls are arranged in the Memorial Stuppa, erected in 1988. It all began in 1975 when chaos tore the city apart as the Khmer Rouge forced all of the city's residents into the countryside as part of a radical social restructuring program. The Killing Field was originally a Chinese cemetery before it became an execution ground during the reign under Pol Pot from 1975-1979. The Memorial Stuppa has arranged and catalogued the human skulls by age and gender. Next we were taken to Tuol Sleng Prison or S21 (Security Prison 21). It was formally a high school. This was the interrogation centre before the people were taken to the Killing Fields. It was the largest in the country. About 17,000 prisoners were tortured and killed here: men, women and children. Many were buried in mass graves at this site. Each prisoner was photographed when they first came. We were emotionally drained by the time we returned to our hotel in the afternoon. We had lunch at the riverside and watched all the people pass by in their mourning attire. Lovely dinner at the river.

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